In two sentences, former President Donald Trump destroyed the carefully crafted Afghanistan narrative that President Joe Biden tried to sell America on Monday.
Following Biden’s speech, Trump issued his response from his Save America political action committee. Trump wrote:
It’s not that we left Afghanistan. It’s the grossly incompoetent way we left!
Biden’s irrelevant argument
On Monday, Biden finally made an appearance to address the situation that has unfolded in Afghanistan, that is, the Taliban’s takeover of the country. During that speech, Biden spent time trying to argue that the decision to withdraw America from Afghanistan was the right one.
“American troops cannot – and should not – be fighting in a war—and dying in a war—that the Afghans are not willing to fight for themselves,” Biden said at one point. At another, he added, “our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation-building.”
It was this line of argument that Trump was responding to with his two-sentence message. It defeats Biden’s whole argument by pointing out its irrelevancy, by pointing out that the issue is not about whether or not America should have withdrawn from Afghanistan, but about how Biden did withdraw America from Afghanistan.
Biden is losing the blame game, too.
Biden, during Monday’s speech, declared: “I am president of the United States and the buck stops with me.”
His speech, however – as pointed out by CNN’s Jake Tapper, of all people – would suggest that he was being insincere. “The president said that the buck stopped with him, but, in fact, the speech was full of finger-pointing and blame, especially for the Afghans.”
Indeed, in that speech, Biden tried to shift the blame for the Afghanistan failure from himself to Trump and to Afghanistan. Regarding the former, Biden said that, from Trump, he “inherited” a bad deal that he had to follow through with, and, regarding the latter, Biden said that Afghanistan misrepresented its troops’ willingness to fight the Taliban.
Trump, though, among many others, has pointed out that the Biden administration failed to follow through on the withdrawal plan that he developed, one that would have prevented what happened – the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan – from happening.
Trump highlighted this, once again, in his two-liner, calling Biden’s withdrawal of America from Afghanistan “incompetent.”
Time to go!
Trump’s two-liner followed an earlier message that he gave over the weekend in which he called on Biden to resign. “It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan . . . ” Trump wrote.
A recent poll has found that 69 percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan. It would appear that Americans are siding with Trump on this one.